ISLAMABAD:(APS)November 13, 2016-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that China Pakistan Economic Corridor and all the projects under its umbrella are materialized in time and in full.
He was addressing a ceremony of departure of the first mega pilot trade cargo at Gwadar Port on Sunday.
The Prime Minister said he is personally committed to Chinese President Xi’s vision of share prosperity.
He said today we gathered to mark the materialization of the vision and idea that was conceived only two years ago. He said this day marks the dawn of a new era for the huge population of our whole region.
Nawaz Sharif said CPEC will integrate development and commerce of various regions across Asia and Europe by increasing connectivity and Pakistan vision 2025.
He said it seeks to transform Pakistan into a regional hub of trade, commerce and manufacturing by harnessing its geo strategic location into geo economic advantage.
He assured that the CPEC is for the entire Pakistan and no region or province is left out of it.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri welcomed the Chinese mega trade convoy and termed it a landmark in implementing the grand China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
He said Gwadar Port is the base of CPEC which will bring prosperity to the country and particularly Balochistan.
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong on this occasion said the day is very significant that a convoy successfully passed through the western part of Pakistan from north to the South.
He said local people will get job opportunities with the completion of Gwadar port.
Addressing the ceremony, Chinese Company Sino Trans’s representative said the first trade convoy actualized the connectivity through CPEC. He thanked the Pakistan Government and armed forces for providing best security to the convey.
In his remarks, Director General Frontier Works Organization Major General Muhammad Afzal said China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a classic example of Pakistan-China cooperation under one belt one road initiative. He said FWO constructed 873 kilometers of highways in Balochistan in two years.
Meanwhile, Government is implementing a project worth twenty five billion rupees in Gwadar as part of its agenda of priority based development in Balochistan.
According to details, the project is aimed at developing Gwadar city under the CPEC keeping in view the city’s strategic importance.
Initially, energy and road and railways infrastructure is being improved to meet the energy needs and connect the city with other parts of the country.
A three hundred mega watts power plant will also be installed to connect the national grid for electricity supply.
A new international airport will be constructed which will ease the traveling of investors and expedite the business activity.